After graduating from Austin College, I completed my Master’s in Archaeology at Cornell in 2017. Inspired by my study abroad in Wales during my undergrad at AC, my thesis focused on the archaeology and anthropology of early medieval pilgrimage in North Wales; I also hiked 75 miles of the “Taith Pererin Gogledd Cymru” or “North Wales Pilgrim’s Way” and spent 2 weeks at the Nant Gwythern Welsh Language Centre. Currently, I am writing my Ph.D. dissertation in Anthropology/Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After spending a summer excavating an Iron Age hill fort in southwest Germany, I am focusing my research on gender and social dynamics in Iron Age Europe. Additionally, I am involved in an experimental archaeology project and serve as the Vice-President for the Archaeological Institute of America-Milwaukee society.
My experiences at AC have been invaluable! My professors and classes taught me how to write, research, and synthesize ideas. Furthermore, AC encouraged me to broaden my horizons through JanTerm and Study Abroad opportunities. My adventures in Scotland (JanTerm 2012) and Greece (summer 2012) gave me the confidence and desire to explore more of the world. My study abroad semester in Cardiff, Wales, was the spark that led to my decision to pursue a Master’s and Ph.D. in Archaeology. Thank you again, Austin College, for making these opportunities available and affordable to students like me!